Content Category

Literary Criticism

Abstract/Description

Fairy tales are fraught with magical transformations. However, the most important transformation is not a magical one. Characters experience a true transformation of self when they use their agency to make decisions and act, making the shift from childhood to adulthood. The deepest transformations occur when the characters determine their own destiny. Part of this shift to adulthood also includes forming and maintaining relationships with others. The tales of Rapunzel (Grimm’s 1812) and Little Mermaid (Hans Christian Andersen, 1837) include characters who transform both physically but also emotionally. Their agency and transformation of character is manifest through their voices and their hair in the tales. The proper use of voice shows empowerment and the ability to choose and speak up for oneself. Additionally, it allows the characters to take one step further and to form loving relationships, which is part of growing up.

Origin of Submission

as part of a class

Faculty Involvement

Jill Rudy

Location

4188 JFSB

Start Date

17-3-2016 8:30 AM

End Date

17-3-2016 9:30 AM

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Hair, Voice, and Agency: Transformation, Growing Up, and Love in Fairy Tales

4188 JFSB

Fairy tales are fraught with magical transformations. However, the most important transformation is not a magical one. Characters experience a true transformation of self when they use their agency to make decisions and act, making the shift from childhood to adulthood. The deepest transformations occur when the characters determine their own destiny. Part of this shift to adulthood also includes forming and maintaining relationships with others. The tales of Rapunzel (Grimm’s 1812) and Little Mermaid (Hans Christian Andersen, 1837) include characters who transform both physically but also emotionally. Their agency and transformation of character is manifest through their voices and their hair in the tales. The proper use of voice shows empowerment and the ability to choose and speak up for oneself. Additionally, it allows the characters to take one step further and to form loving relationships, which is part of growing up.